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Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant

4.6
4.6
396 Reviews
$41 to $100
Korean
Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ is a place where one can fully enjoy that authentic Korean taste. Located in the CBD the restaurant is always full, even on the weekdays, as the smell of the BBQ floats down from the terrance stopping people in their tracks.


Just like mother used to make
Taste is something Hwaro is particular about. Taste is what owner and chef Eunsook Kim is mostly concerned with. Her dignified and somber character, reminds many people of their own mothers.


Kim herself is essential to Hwaro. The preparations for all the meat and sauce available at Hwaro are handled by Kim alone. This includes supervision of the slicing of the Karubi (boneless short ribs), and preparation of the 23 different ingredients* needed for the hot pepper Sangyu Pusaru seasoning. Nearly all of the seasonings lined up on the tables are Kim's own creations.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Korean, Barbecue
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9642 5696
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us for information on private events and functions.

What 396 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Good for groups

  • City Centre

    Hot spot

  • City Centre

    Lively

396 Reviews
  1. MinjiK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing dinner experience! Thank you 😊

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  2. wayne

    Manitoba

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The server who first helped us could hardly speak English but the worst was she didn't know what was gluten free and what wasn't. We were a table of 4 and I was the one with the allergy and I told her from the start - she still kept bringing me things that had gluten but didn't tell me. Thankfully I didn't trust her. Later we got a different server who was much better. It was frustrating about how many things were not gluten free - even rice wasn't gluten free - I ask for just plain white rice but they said they didn't have it.

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  3. SimonJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, good atmosphere - we had a good night and left very satisfied

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  4. Caro

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Not enough food for the price. The sides to the meat were minimal

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  5. TessZ

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Average food was not great, extremely overpriced we paid $300 between 3 of us, we had to kept calling a a waitress over as drinks weren’t served.

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  6. Garv

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the first charcoal kbbqs to arrive on the scene in Melbourne almost two decades and still to this day one of the best. Always a fantastic meal here

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  7. Disappointed

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been here multiple times and enjoyed it. There is limited or NO air-conditioning and we probably won't go again on a hot day. With the BBQ and the heat and packed out with people it made dining a bit uncomfortable for us. Had to leave sooner. Staff are pleasant. Not the most comfortable seats either. Quite pricey as well. Not sure if we will come back in a hurry. Food wasn't as great as we remembered it.

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  8. EaMM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful environment with very efficient and welcoming staff! One of my new favourite places!

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  9. Andy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of the food was amazing. Price was a little high tho. Around $150 for two people. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Would recommend.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still the best in Melbourne! Great service, locations and the best quality meat.

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  11. Wizz

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were great. Although i feel the price is a little expensive.

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  12. EvaC

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent service with friendly staff. Great value and tasty food

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  13. rachelg

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Nice place to meet with friends. I only wish we could book the table for longer.

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  14. JohnnyP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good times great food and wonderful service thank you

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  15. AlisonB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service, great night out in the city

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  16. SungnanS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My NZ friends loved this venue and they mentioned it was the best Korean food they have ever had. I'm so proud we have this kind of restaurant in Melbourne. Thank you.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty dishes, meats are very well marinated, and staffs are super helpful. The prices though, are on the expensive side, cost almost 60pp for three meat dishes and a pancake.

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  18. CarolineR

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, fresh and delicious and efficient and friendly staff. Kimchi is incredible and the spicy cold noodles are a must!

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  19. JoeD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant, easy to find, tables aren't jammed in, so you have some space. Food is delicious, I recommend the Wagyu Beef.

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  20. AndreaC

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first time having a Korean BBQ and it was a great experience. There was a lot of people which helped create the vibe for the place. However, cleanliness could have been better. The staff were super attentive and pleasant to deal with. I would definitely go here again.

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  21. KateM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First time trying kbbq and this was excellent. Highly recommend

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  22. MiekeW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing night out at Hwaro, food is always amazing, service is always impeccable. Thanks to the owner, who cooked some of our food last night and also took the time to have a chat. Thanks

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  23. SoojinK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Meat was beautiful, spicy cold noodle was amazing! It was a bit pricey but definitely worth it!!

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  24. jays

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing korean charcoal bbq. Great food and good value. The seafood pancake is a must eat!

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  25. RebeccaS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food is always amazing! kimchi is next level and service was great

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  26. MaariG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the experience … only comment is the high noise levels, hard to hear conversations

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended. The best food, staff service and the atmosphere.

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  28. Annon

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The kimchi stew and pancake were absolutely delicious! Tastes just like it did in Korea.

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  29. Barbt

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time a Korean Barbecue it was an experience and good fun the food was nice and the staff are very helpful very quick

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  30. susanr

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time trying a Korean Bbq. Was fantastic. Service was excellent and wait staff patiently explained the menu. Definitely recommend

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  31. MarlaC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place food and service with lots of ambience. But not open late on a Sunday. We were seconds last table to leave at 9.15

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  32. DoloresC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing amazing amazing!! Can’t wait To go Back!!!

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  33. EmilyC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked online 20 mins from our arrival which was amazing, we were seated quickly and order was taken promptly food was delicious they cook in front of you over coals and you get a selection of accompaniments. All delicious and we chose the bimbibap* forgive my spelling it was also delicious set menu D! Highly recommend, friendly helpful engaging staff that made the experience more enjoyable. Will be back.

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  34. JonV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first trip to Hwaro and at first we were unsure how many people each of the sets served, however the staff immediately came over and were super helpful in explaining the sizes. We have a party of 4 and the suggested set was perfect. The food was simply amazing! The meat melted in the mouth and the sides were delicious. We will definitely be returning soon!

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  35. RyanS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cannot recommend Hwaro enough. Excellent service, delicious food and a vibrant atmosphere. In a city with plenty of Korean BBQ options, Hwaro is easily the best.

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  36. ScottF

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall it was a good night, my only gripe was we only got 1.5hrs before we were asked to leave as the table was booked for another group and we felt a little rushed to eat our meal and leave. The food was very nice.

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  37. TyraneG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and the service was very fast, great place to eat with friends or family.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice but loud. Could barely hear people talk which was annoying by at times

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  39. CameronW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service. Have been a couple of times now.

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  40. StaceyL

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wagyu Ultimate set very worth it for 5 people. Kimchi pancake and Soy bean Stew was so delicious.

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FAQs

Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 396 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant

562 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Korean, Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9642 5696
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us for information on private events and functions.
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